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'Laurence Anyways': Even yelling sounds better in French -- NSFW

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It is assumed that, by this point of the summer, some of us need a reprieve from superheroes, talking creatures, and carnage at the movies, and to provide the antidote with a relatively epic running time (161 minutes — all of it completely earned) and a truly great way soak up some free A/C is Laurence Anyways, which is finally coming to cinemas after winning awards at Cannes and Toronto last year.

Directed by Xavier Dolan, a French-Canadian newbie who’s already a master at the ripe old age of 24 (!), Laurence tells the story of the tumultuous romantic relationship between Fred (Suzanne Clement) and Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), which grows more tense with the news that the latter wishes to live the remainder of his life as a woman.

Don’t be scared of that running time though, the movie is essential viewing for arthouse aficionados, not to mention a benchmark feature for LGBT issues (and just in time for Pride month). Plus, it’s chock full of juicy dramatic scenes, like the one just below! (Check your surroundings though before viewing, the movie has a fair share of F-bombs.)
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French film 'A Prophet' to get English-language remake

Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the rights to create an English-language remake of the Cannes Grand Prix-winning French crime drama A Prophet.

Director Jacques Audiard’s (Rust & Bone) story of a young Algerian man (Tahar Rahim) who gets involved with a ruthless band of mobsters was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Oscars, but lost the prize to Spain’s The Secret in Their Eyes. In the press release announcing the news, Neal Moritz, who will be producing the remake alongside Toby Jaffe for Original Film, said: “This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English language version of the film and I am grateful to have the trust of Jacques Audiard and his producers, as well as the writers Thomas Bidegain, Nicolas Peufaillit, and Abdel Raouf Dafri.”

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Tribeca Film Festival awards honor many foreign films, few big names; see the full list of winners

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The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the winners of its awards at a ceremony Thursday evening. Among the films juries selected for top prizes?  Australian film The Rocket, Dutch-Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown, and American documentary The Kill Team.

The awards were announced as the festival heads into its second and last weekend. Films will screen through Sunday, and the winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced on Saturday. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2013: A close-up look at the live action short film nominees

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Spend some time watching the films nominated for the Oscars’ live action short award, and you’ll find yourself taking a round-the-world tour from Afghanistan to Canada to France to Somalia to New York.

With stories from all corners of the globe, this varied collection of shorts touches on issues of poverty, of aging, and of the choices people are faced with when given great power.

As you get ready to fill out your personal Oscar ballot, here’s a look at the chilling, bittersweet, heart-warming films in the race for the live action short award this year. The winner, along with the top film in the documentary and animation short categories, will be announced at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

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Oscar reactions: Foreign films from Michael Haneke's 'Amour' to Denmark's 'A Royal Affair'

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The power and influence of foreign film has never been more apparent in recent memory when it comes to the Oscars than this year, with Michael Haneke’s beautifully frank French-language look at aging, Amour, being nominated for both best picture and best foreign language film, best director, best actress, and best original screenplay.

Other nominated movies announced Thursday morning in the best foreign language film category for the 85th annual Academy Awards, airing live on ABC Feb. 24, range from Norway’s watery expedition adventure Kon-Tiki to fellow Scandinavian country Denmark’s A Royal Affair, an 18th century set royals drama, to Chile’s NO, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, about the real-life “NO” TV ad campaign that aired during dictator Augusto Pinochet’s reign, and Canada’s War Witch, a French-language story about a teenage Congolese girl abducted by a rebel army to fight for their cause.

Austria’s Amour, with its multiple Oscar nominations and other awards season wins, has been touted as a clear frontrunner, but the category’s mix of tales based on real-life stories, political intrigue, and emotional relationships gives it some heft. Check out these reactions from the films’ directors, below:
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Analysis: Oscar foreign language shortlist spans subjects from the Kon-Tiki to Danish royals

What makes the Oscar foreign language film category so special, though unfortunately less publicized than big ticket acting, directing, and best picture categories, is its gloriously wide range and inclusion of stories American moviegoers don’t usually get to see.

Whittled down from 71 films that qualified as official entries from countries all over the globe, the Oscar foreign film shortlist of nine movies announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday showcases different cultures, approaches and people, albeit with a general focus on Europeans.

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'Hangover'-esque 'Lost in Thailand' breaks box office records in China

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Big news for a little Chinese movie: Film Business Asia and the Bangkok Post report that Lost in Thailand, a low-budget road film, is a surprise hit. In a week and change, Thailand has already broken five box office records in China — including those for best December opening and highest single-day income for a domestic movie. After just eight days of release, the flick has earned about ¥450 million — or $72.2 million.

Thailand was directed by Chinese comedian Xu Zheng, who also stars. The plot follows Xu’s character as he and a rival (Huang Bo) travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. While that premise may evoke any number of comedies, the film’s trailer invites comparison to one specific movie: The Hangover, the sequel to which — coincidence? — is set in Bangkok. See for yourself:

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Academy announces nine foreign-language films on Oscar shortlist

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Michael Haneke’s Amour and the tender French comedy, The Intouchables, were among nine films promoted to the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film category. Seventy-one films entries had been considered, and the list will further be culled down to five nominees after specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles screen them during the first weekend in January.

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Chile's Oscar foreign film entry 'No' director on politics, freedom, and working with Gael Garcia Bernal

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As part of an early look at next year’s Oscars, Prize Fighter — in an ongoing series — is highlighting several of the directors and official entries submitted by a whopping 71 countries competing for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

No. No. NO!

For such a small word, it packs incredible, immediate power shouted in the name of freedom, as in Chile’s official Oscar foreign film entry No, directed by Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero, Post Mortem) and starring Gael García Bernal.

Based on a pivotal moment in Chile’s history, the movie delves into the dueling “YES” and “NO” ad campaigns that aired on TV when dictator Augusto Pinochet scheduled a referendum in 1988, after 15 years in power, for citizens to vote “yes” or “no” to keep him as president another eight years. The movie, adapted from the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skármeta, has a gritty, realistic feel, shot on videotape and weaving in actual footage from the campaigns. Bernal plays the fictional commercials ad man René Saavedra, who heads up the creatively astute, humorous, and hopeful coalition NO campaign, which beat out the Pinochet-driven YES campaign. Each campaign had 15 minutes of TV airtime a night for 27 days, with the NO campaign’s ad relegated to late night.

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Academy Award for foreign language film nets a record 71 submissions

For the first time in Academy Award history, 71 countries are vying for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The submissions for 2012 include director Michael Haneke’s Amour, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; France’s global box office sensation The Intouchables; and Nairobi Half Life, the first film ever submitted by Kenya. Check out the full list below:  READ FULL STORY

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